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RAPID REACTIONS: Capitals Locker Room On Ending 4-Game Skid



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The Washington Capitals saw the team come together for a huge all-around effort, and also got heroics from the top-6 en route to a huge 3-2 overtime win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thanksgiving Eve.

Washington’s victory over the Flyers was much-needed, ending a four-game skid for the club and provided a much-needed spark for the club, who admitted to feeling “frustrated” and “deflated” at times amid inconsistencies this season. However, this win is just what the doctor ordered, and the Capitals thought it was well-deserved.

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Here are some player reactions live from the team dressing room:

Alex Ovechkin

On the win: “It’s important two points. We was struggling, was in kind of a hard position. But it’s a good thing we battle through it and get the two points.”

On perseverance: “I think we’re experienced guys. We have been in different situations before, obviously. So we just have to keep pushing and pushing, and obviously, it give you results. You can see we play a solid second. All game, we play solid, obviously. Lots of chances. We just kept pushing and pushing.”

On Felix Sandstrom being the 164th different goalie he’s scored on in his career: “That’s good.”

Sonny Milano

On his late for Washington that forced OT for Capitals: “Saw [Evgeny Kuznetsov] had a lot of space and I just tried to match his speed, and I got to the back door and he threw it to that spot and it went in.”

On the importance of the win: “We were going through a tough patch there, but that was definitely a big win, and hopefully, we can get something going.”

On getting T.J. Oshie back: “It was nice getting to play with him. He’s so skilled and strong with the puck and brings a lot of energy as well. So it was definitely nice.”

Darcy Kuemper

On what a win like this does for the Capitals: “Anytime you can come from behind like that is massive for morale. From my standpoint, obviously a couple bad bounces, bad goals. Let’s call a spade a spade. They’re bad goals. For the guys to pick me up like that, means a lot from my standpoint as well.”

On the current state of the team a quarter of the way through the season: “I think we definitely wish we were higher up in the standings right now. Obviously, it’s been tough with a lot of guys out of the lineup. But we feel like we’re still finding our game. And we can be better, and we’re looking for a big push the rest of the way.”

T.J. Oshie

On getting back into action: “I think we were working pretty hard there most of the game up and down the lineup… a majority of the game, it was kind of on our side. And when they pushed, we did a good job of cleaning it back and getting more O-zone shifts. So kind of a gutsy win out there. Proud of the boys, glad we were able to do it in overtime.”

On whether the win can get Capitals back on track: “Yeah it can… pulling out a win in OT, getting some momentum going into the next match, we got one more at home, then a big, long road trip. So to get any momentum like this is huge. You never know what can happen on the road. We haven’t been that good on the road this year. Historically, we’re a pretty good road team, so it’d be nice to find our legs out there.”